(Published on Monday, August 13, 2012)
Volume 32 of The Chronicles of Counter-Earth is entitled:
Smugglers of Gor
E-Reads has favored us with an early look at the book, and so we can tell you that the new book is about 187,800 words in length, some four percent less then Swordsmen of Gor. In paperback format, it will probably contain about 580 pages. There are fifty-four chapters in the book, and, as John Norman puts it:
This is an unusual book, having to do with alleged events on the alleged world, Gor, the Antichthon, or Counter-Earth, as it seems to have two narrators, or authors, who, as the texts will have it, see, and relate to, certain events, possibly of consequence to the fate of worlds.
To be sure, all the odd numbered chapters in the book, starting with chapter 1, are written from the viewpoint of a young woman, once Miss Margaret Alyssa Cameron, of Earth, now a helpless slave, named Laura. The even numbered chapters, starting with chapter 2, are written by an unknown individual, a Slaver, who was somehow responsible for the capture of Miss Cameron, and her inevitable selling on the slave blocks of the Port of Brundisium.
Smugglers of Gor could be considered, in some sense, a prequel to Mariners of Gor, as it raises the stakes of the gamble, or wager, between two alien species, for the domination of a world, inhabited by mere mortal men.
As mentioned earlier, Volume 32 of The Chronicles of Counter-Earth is being prepared for publication this year, "in the fall, as early as October."
Check in next week when we hope to share some quotes.